Dear Friends of Heroes of the Nation,
Weston Gitonga, a beloved father, spiritual leader and co-founder of HTN, has died at the age of 61. He passed away peacefully in a hospital, surrounded by family, after his organs began to shut down. We are sad to say good-bye to this incredible man of God but grateful that he is without pain, in the arms of his Heavenly Father.
Eighteen years ago, Weston and his wife, Violet, took in 8 children from their church who had been orphaned by AIDS. They provided for them, started a small school, and soon welcomed 7 others in dire need of shelter and education. When they met Andrew Sievright in 2002, it was clear that they had a heart for orhpans but needed additional resources to care for the hundreds of children-at-risk in Nyahururu Kenya. Together with Andrew, Heroes of the Nation was born.
Weston provided vision for Heroes of the Nation and was called ‘Dad Weston’ by the children. His large heart, deep laugh, and kind smiles were a safe place for hundreds of kids who needed a father figure. Over 1,300 children are either in, or have graduated from, this transformational organization.
Weston simultaneously co-founded Destiny Bible Colleges with Harold Eberle. Twelve colleges throughout Eastern Africa have developed and graduated thousands of pastors and leaders. Weston was a mentor and guide, becoming in essence, a spiritual Father of Africa.
Weston served his country by running for political positions in both the Kenyan senate and parliament, as he wanted to see Godly men and women serve inside of government and create real change that would bless the Kenyan people.
His heart for the marginalized led him to seek out a Massai tribe who needed care for their abandoned children. As the tribe saw Weston and HTN practically care for the least among them, they saw the love of Jesus. The whole tribe came to know Jesus as a result of the practical demonstration of love.
Weston was a great man of God, sacrificing himself for others, traveling all over East Africa to comfort, enlighten, impart and restore, establishing the Kingdom everywhere he went. Weston Gitonga was a true Apostle of Africa, and leaves an immense amount of fruit that will bring honor to his name forever.
The Bishop is survived by his wife Violet Waithera Gitonga, his son Sam West Kareri, his daughter Joy, his granddaughter Samera, and his grandsons Ty and West. A Funeral service and burial will take place in Nyahururu on Saturday November 10th. All who knew the Bishop are welcome to attend the service in the Nyahururu stadium, beginning at 10 am. A private burial will follow for family and very close friends.
Anyone wanting to watch Weston’s stadium funeral service can watch it on HTN’s Youtube live stream: http://bit.ly/FuneralWGitonga On Friday, November 9th at 9PM Pacific Standard Time.
Gifts for his surviving widow, Violet Gitonga, can be given through https://htn.org/give-now/ Please specify the nature of your gift and 100% will go directly to Violet.
Violet Gitonga will continuing running Heroes of the Nation, as she has done with excellence for the past years.